Professional instructors at Sacramento Hang Gliding impart the joy of soaring through the atmospheric boundary layer by launching gallant gliders skyward from their Rancho Murieta training site. During the four-hour introductory lesson, instructors fill in fledgling fliers on flight theories, delving into scientific explanations as well as gravitational myths. Students become acquainted with their air-traversing apparatus during a pre-trip inspection and then spend some time rehearsing navigational inputs and movements on a stimulator stand. Afterward, students kick off from shallow slopes to increasingly higher hills as the instructor gallops alongside.
Shooters On The Line trains out of local facilities including the outdoor range at Sacramento Valley Shooting Center.
Depending on the class, instructors can supply firearms such as handguns or Smith & Wesson M&P 15?22 semi-automatic rifles.
At a Glance
Shooters On The Line isn't all about firearms?though its principle instructor holds state and POST certification in pistols, rifles, and shotguns. But beyond CCW classes and rifle instruction, the team also trains people to carry batons and master lifesaving techniques, including CPR.
Nudity is optional at The Nude Run 5K, but most people go for it. For one thing, it's a good way to cross streaking off the bucket list, along with the goal of running without a fanny pack. Anyone on the fence should keep in mind that the shows of skin at this event are totally legal (all events are held at nudist resorts) and that as the swarms jog au naturel, they're also jogging toward the promise of new clothing. As a part of registration, each participant earns a commemorative T-shirt ?though wearing it is also optional?and the fastest runners win medals. The organizers also dole out door prizes, such as a bar tab and free entry to a future race.
The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.
To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.
Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, ?awards don't greet you at the door.? Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 18 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body?s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school?s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school?s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute?s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.